The crazy energy out there raised a lot of emails and calls! Everyone seems to be feeling this energy - the good, the bad and the ugly. So I thought I should write something about coping with the changes taking place the next 18 months.
When I speak of energy at odds, it literally means we are in a storm. Its not a metaphor, it's for real. There is storm of opposing energy. Since we are part of the fabric of this planet, we are part of this opposition. The Earth herself is changing - reaching a cataclysmic state as she approaches a rebirth. Global warming is changing her, just like our DNA is literally changing as we speak. We are on the precipice of a rebirth. The parts of ourselves which does not work will be torn from us if we don't work hard to go with the flow. CHANGE is everywhere, and so are tempers. People are feeling caged, frustrated, confused and rather helpless at times. We are snakes in the process of shedding our skins so we can be something else.
A the core of these changes is CLEANSING. There's a reason you want to clear the clutter, rearrange the furniture, change your look, your hairdo, your job, your career, your friends and family are even undergoing a certain scrutiny because we are EVOLVING into new levels of consciousness. We have to be MINDFUL of what we take with us, who we associate with, how authentically we live our lives.
I recently turned into the mad cleaning woman, obsessed with going through every closet, drawer and cabinet and getting rid of all the unwanted stuff. It's elemental Feng Shui - you have to have empty space to allow NEW things to come in. Most of us are pack rats. Get busy and clean the house and the garage and the yard. Tell yourself an important person is coming to visit and you want the place to be as spiffy as it can be. You need to literally make space in your house. Less furniture, less clothes, less kitchenware, less pictures on the wall. Make room for new stuff to come into your environment. How about giving it an an hour every evening on something? Clean a drawer out while you watch TV. Turn on your favorite music as loud as can be and tackle that closet or garage. Clean. Clean. Clean. This is an act of faith, of belief that you want a new future and you are telling the universe and your higher self you are ready.
Then there is a harder part, clearing out the people from you life who don't value you. Do your "friends" and family make you feel good, encourage you, treat you with respect, or do they always ask for help and never return the help when you need it? Do they always seem to say things that hurt your feelings? Do they make you feel insecure and undervalued? Then its time to clean those people out too. (yes its harder with family, but you can limit your contact if need be.)
I had a friend for over 20 years I recently asked to leave my life. It took me 6 months of mulling it over, but no matter which way I looked at it, this person belittled me, took advantage, coerced me, and made me feel used and insecure. There were a couple of final straws for me, but one that stands out was the night she left the house, I leaned against my front door and said out loud to myself "Thank God she is gone." This drove home to me how uncomfortable she made me feel and I had to ask myself why I was allowing this habit to continue when she was so toxic to me. I talked to my other friends about it. Turns out a lot of them only tolerated her for me. Others said to follow my heart, and that's what I did. So I told her that her attitude toward me was anything but friendship, that her belief systems were full of fear and anger and did not make me feel good, and I was, sadly, ending our relationship. She was shocked. I don't think she ever expected me to speak up for myself and change the pattern of abuse. And from that moment onward I felt like an anvil lifted off my shoulders. I was free. I never looked back. And even though it took me six months to do it, I felt that I had to honor myself and feel good about me. It's not only my right, but my duty to keep good energy around me.
She lost several other friends that same year, and she never did the work to figure out why. I did the right thing and made room for new people to come into my life, and a new friend came along almost immediately like magic. it was one of the hardest things I ever did, but it was worth it for my sanity, my self respect and my happiness. If you have people like this in your life, toxic people, know that they prevent you from moving forward, from having self respect and from raising your own vibrations to a higher level so you can move into the new energy of the world. I never said it would be easy, but boy it feels good to be surrounded by people who love and cherish me. I deserve it. And you do too.
Do the same with career, start looking for a new job, or starting your own business. Make your life a happy place and your vibrations automatically elevate, taking you to the higher level.
I also want to talk about "perfection". People tell me they will get busy on their work WHEN they get everything in order. Excuse me! Everything is NEVER in order. The Universe and life is chaos and change. While you're waiting to be perfect, life is passing you by. Maybe you're the big pink flower and you'll get busy when you're smaller like the white flower. Or maybe you're the white flower and you'll get busy as soon as you're able to change yourself to pink like the other flower. Our need for perfection prevents us from living our lives. Our disatisfaction is a block to success. Stop Sabotaging yourself. Is your life passing before your eyes because "someday" is never today? Well stop it. Change is a process, one step at a time. LIVE. LIFE IS A BANQUET AND MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO DEATH was a line in the movie Auntie Mame which changed my life at age 13. I lived in a small town, where people seldom dreamed or stepped outside the box, and they made me feel like life was dull and a bust. This movie helped me see the possibilities in life. So much to learn, so many people to meet, so many places to see, so many experiences to have. Life is only dull if you are dull. Get out there and explore, make as many changes as you can, but don't stop moving forward because you're waiting until everything is perfect. There is no such thing as perfect, its only an excuse not to LIVE!
And finally, some other ways to keep the spirits up, and focus on the best in you, and the ability to cope with the true madness which is coming. I wish I could tell you rainbows are around the corner, but the next 18 months are about destruction so the phoenix can rise from the ashes. There will be turmoil. Learn to be of this world but not in it. Don't let this dark energy suck you under. Remember, its always darkest before the dawn. Great things are coming....just not quite yet.
PS: Pluto turns direct Thursday the 20th. Road blocks are lifted and progress can finally be made. Take advantage of this forward moving energy.
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Jupiter is the fun guy of the zodiac. He stays in a sign for one year, so every 12 years he completes a cycle. This year on June 11th, Jupiter moves into Gemini for one year. Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Gemini - the communicators of the Zodiac. The Universe is sending us all many messages....and this year they will get bigger and bigger with Jupiter's bountiful influence. So start talking and be sure to sit back and listen too.
We will also see great strides in global communication methods as well. If you're a communications inventor, this could be your year to give us new gadgets to make cell phones look old and dated.
With all this stuff in Gemini - Sun, Venus, Jupiter - perhaps I should say a word about this sign. The twins. Two ways of looking at things at all times. Ruled by Mercury, this is the messenger of the God's sign. They spread the word, get the messages out, and negatively may be prone to loving gossip, unable to keep a secret, talk too much. They are very smart (Mercury is the mind), can multi-task like no one else, look at every angle from real to imagined, are full of ideas, then flitter about to test them all which makes the earth signs think of them as flaky but they are just exploring everything. The mind is having a wonderful adventure. Hey don't rain on my parade they say. They know something about EVERYTHING but are hard pressed to be masters of any without some solid places for Saturn or settling down aspects to Mercury. Then watch out. They are brilliant, which is why even Scorpio's are fascinated by Gemini's and these two can talk and philosophize for hours about a zillion things making other signs reel. So with Jupiter here, the mind is having a busy year. So many ideas, so little time. You have so much to say, how do you say it all? Your challenge is to find the ideas that resonate and discard the others. Gemini is a mental process of sifting through, analyzing, and leaving the unwanted or needed behind. Find the idea that makes your mind race with curiosity and run with it - then flesh it out with analyzing that one thing and making it better. Its the mental Olympics. It's the year of the mind expanding. It's the year we can find solutions that work!!
Jupiter is expansion. Jupiter loves big, the bigger the better.....and it doesn't always have the brakes on, so its a time to think of moderation because Jupiter is urging you to excess! Too many ideas, to many ways to go, too many options...ok lets try them all might be your impulse. Not a good idea. Pick and choose your expansion. Nothing gets done if you can't figure out where to begin. Jupiter is great for parties and fun and feeling good, but Jupiter can also make you lazy and you'll waste this bountiful energy by just feeling good and doing nothing tangible. Ask Saturn, the taskmaster, to help you ground yourself. Then you get the best benefits of Jupiter....good luck and the discipline to manifest it with some hard work. Make a schedule for work, stick to it, then have a party! You can do it all this year.
All this activity in Gemini's is good news for all other air and fire signs, so look for opportunities for success and jump on them. Water and Earth signs will be challenged by the energy. If you know your chart and what house rules Gemini in your horoscope, you'll know where this good luck will land, i.e. first house - people will see you as someone they want to know, 2nd - good for money and changing what you value; 3rd - jump on the communication bandwagon tell people you ideas; 4th - people will want to gather in your home for good times and stimulating conversations; 5th house - find love or renew your love affair with your spouse; 6th house - chores will be easier and health and pets should fare well; 7th - make new partners or solidify old ones; 8th house - a great year for sex and inheritances; 9th house - dig deep into your spiritual self;10th house - you could become a mogul; 11th house - friendships will renew, solidify and grow deeper; 12th house - wow work on that karma, spend time with you, renew yourself. Now if Jupiter is badly aspecting something else in your chart, those areas of your life can have periods of excessive stressful time too. Get to know your chart, it can help you navigate all these deep astrological waters of your life.
It's such an amazing year. But you have to work at it and I know you're tired, stressed and wanting to hide sometimes, but you have to be courageous now and DO THE WORK. Ask the Angels for help. They LOVE IT when you ask them for their help. Its what they were made for - to help us and do God's work. But you have to ask. They are not too busy for you. They WANT to help. Asking them for help should be routine. When we mingle earth life with our spiritual life, all the good comes into the earth. Acknowledge the Angels, the spiritual and it manifests here - and then the world just becomes a better place because the Love of the creator infiltrates our lives and our environment. Exercise your heart and fill it with love.
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.